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Wolfenstein Review

Wolfenstein has a bit of a stigma around it, as the daddy of third person shooters, it will always be remembered fondly by those who can remember that far back, but recent revisits have not really done the series any favours, leaving a new generation of gamers wandering what all the fuss was about; so thankfully this time around it all seems to come together quite well.

Totally ignoring the recent trend of throwing in as many modes as possible, Wolfenstein: The New Order hosts only a single player campaign but do not think that the content is sparse as alongside a thrilling storyline with alternate plots there is a wealth of collectables that are actually worth rooting out, giving Wolfenstein at least a couple of play-throughs before finding its place on the shelf.

The campaign itself is a superbly nuts "elseworlds" affair, starting off with a lengthy prologue set in 1946 as allied forces attempt a last ditch attack to stop the Fuhrer and his most vicious lap dog, Deathshead; a German General who puts aside any moral concerns in his quest to develop and create the ultimate war machine. Flash forward to the 1960’s and its evident the final battle did not go too well with the Germans effectively ruling the world, using fear and ultimate power to keep the rest of the world in check. The hero of the piece, B.J. Blackowicz finds himself in a mental health asylum, slowly being nursed back to health after being found drifting in the ocean following the events of 1946. The Nazi war machine, as cruel as ever begins executing the patients which then snaps B.J. out of his living coma and back to fine Nazi killing form, hightailing it out of the occupied areas and quickly linking up with the few remaining resistance fighters, all looking to stop the Nazis and Deathshead once and for all.

Keeping close to its heritage Wolfenstein: The New Order is a classic first person shooter, running down corridors and shooting anything that moves with an assortment of firearms and knives. To keep the action fresh you are drip fed a selection of weapons and are urged to wander around for secrets and ammo drops to keep your weapons fully loaded, starting with standard rifles, pistols and removable mounted guns and then moving onto the more insane like dual wield shotguns. There is also an energy weapon called the Laserkraftwerk that not only has great stopping power against the larger Nazi Mechs that patrol the levels but also adds a little puzzle solving to the game world, cutting fences and chains to progress and also find more bonuses.

Where many games fail is that even when shooting numerous enemies with an explosive assortment of weapons it can get boring at times and Wolfenstein has managed to remedy that by including a large range of enemies to fight against; from storm trooper style Nazis that offer little more than cannon fodder, officers that can call in reinforcements if they spot you and of course German Shepherds; but thanks to the Deathsheads diabolical experiments there a plenty of new enemies to take on from powerful mechs to a metallic Zoid-like (showing my age) canine called a Panzerhund.

Thanks to some lever level design and secrets the levels range from tight corridor romps, stealthy sneaky approaches and open arenas that allow a little more movement and flair to your attacks. Hidden behind the scenes are the Perks, four ability tiers that alter and improve how you play the game. Each perk is passive and always on once you have unlocked them (which is quite easy) and offer bonuses in Stealth like throwing knives or locating commanders on the map, Tactical increases your magazine sizes, Assault increases the loot drop for dual-wield kills and Demolition adds a throwback option to incoming grenades and also increased explosive damage, so however you play the perks will cater to your style.

As mentioned before each chapter is crammed with collectables from paper clippings and letters detailing where the Wolfenstein world differed from our own, enigma codes that once cracked unlock new modes and the very original record collection, taking classic bands and tunes and giving it a Nazi feel like those well-known Liverpudlian mop tops Die Kafer.

Whilst not a visually ground-breaking title, Wolfenstein: The New Order looks good enough and keeps it at a steady pace throughout, offering plenty of explosions and grisly head shots to keep you occupied through the ten hour campaign. With a good mixture of pre-planning your attacks, stealthy kills, an all-out bullet-fest and an enjoyable story to boot, Wolfenstein: The New Order is well recommended title.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS4)


+ Lots to collect
+ Multiple playthroughs
+ Simple and fun first person shooter action
+ Multiple ways of dealing with enemies, be it stealth or guns blazing


- Visuals do not really push the new generation of consoles

Edited On 26 May, 2014

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PrometheusFan 3 years ago
Yeah, it's not exactly the most impressive shooter to look at but it runs very well, and it is a lot more fun to play than I would have expected as well. Reminds me a bit of the Resistance games personally, but better.
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Light Heavensword 3 years ago
I thought it was pretty fun, it took a while to complete around 20 hours and i quite liked the leaning from a wall or object.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Speak for yourself, I think the game looks great on PC from what I have seen/played
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
This is a great game put the fun back in to fps again , great game play and weapons feel great i loved the dual welding of them and the many easter egg's in the game particualy the new twist on the old wolfenstein game
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Chrissay 3 years ago
I've never played a wolfenstein game before and I was debating whether to get this or not. I'm glad that I got it as I thoroughly enjoyed it and watching enemies explode into bits is the icing on the cake topping off a good story and fun gameplay
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SquareSofty 3 years ago
I was very surprised by this game, I thought I'd hate it but I quite liked what has been done so far. I plays really well I think.
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Akemi no Zero 3 years ago
Great review looks like the new order will be an good play indeed.
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
Really fun game. Agree with the review but it does look quite nice.
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PhilyB 3 years ago
from what I've been hearing, its looking like a much better shooter than what i was expecting
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andrewkd 3 years ago
It's nice to see a single player FPS like this, can tell they were able to concentrate ore on it without the need to bolt multiplayer on.
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redtodead 3 years ago
love this game its a FUN shooter for a change

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